Childcare regulations are changing…..again

February 16th, 2014

Government proposes changes to the regulation of childcare


Last week the Department for Education published its document ‘Regulation of Childcare – Consultation report and government response’. In this document the DfE draws conclusions from the results of its recent consultation ‘The regulation of Childcare’ and proposes changes to the regulation of childcare based on these conclusions.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the DfE intend to amend childcare regulations in April 2014 with a view to them coming into force in September 2014. The Department also intends that a revised EYFS which reflects these proposals will be published alongside the amended regulations.

The proposed changes

Here we summarise the proposed changes, picking out the parts that we feel are most relevant, and putting forward our understanding of what it will mean in practice. Please take a look at the entire document, available to download from our DfE & Ofsted page, for the full story.

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This obviously is not good news for childminders, however childminders do still have the unique selling point of being able to offer registered childcare within a home setting. To compete effectively we feel childminders need to highlight the advantages of this wherever possible, and we will continue to help you in as many ways as we can.


Thanks for reading,


Source used in the document: 

The Regulation of Childcare – Consultation report and government response, DfE February 2014


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